Caroline Hafer & Rakan Draz

September 18, 2020

Caroline is a former writer at Community Journals, and when she left to pursue a career in event-planning, the friend who filled her position introduced her to Rakan. The two attended a couple of the same dinner parties before they were finally placed next to each other, and they’ve been together ever since. After two years of dating, Cara and Rakan were closing on a new home in March, just before the COVID-19 quarantine. After their final walk-through, Cara left to run some errands, and when she returned, Rakan popped the question in their brand-new home, with flowers and Champagne at the ready. Organizing a wedding during a pandemic poses plenty of challenges, but as Cara plans events for a living, she created a beautiful moment at Overmountain Vineyards in Tryon, with only immediate family and friends in attendance. Dressed in a one-of-a-kind gown made by her dear friend Franky Tran, Cara said “I do” to Rakan in a ceremony officiated by her brother.

By Julia Madden Sears